New South African Government legislation impacts Australian and New Zealand passengers with children and unaccompanied minors
According to SAA’s Country Australasia, Tim Clyde-Smith the changes will impact parents and guardians traveling with children and unaccompanied minors traveling alone or in groups (such as for school or sporting excursions).
“The legislation came into effect in October 2014 but its implementation was delayed until June 1 this year to allow the industry and customers time to prepare. It will impact all people traveling from Australia and New Zealand with children with South Africa as their destination although it will not apply to transit passengers,” Tim said.
“Unless parents with children under their care or unaccompanied children by themselves have proper documentation, we will be unable to check them in for their flight to South Africa as we must comply with the new Act,” he said.
“In future, parents traveling into and from South Africa with a child under 18 will need to produce an original or certified copy of a child’s birth certificate which details both parents. Parents or guardians traveling by themselves with children will also need an affidavit less than three months old that has been sworn by a notary public that gives permission to travel with the child or children.”
“Unaccompanied children will need additional documentation before being permitted to board an SAA flight to South Africa from Australia and New Zealand. “
Information is available on the South African High Commission’s website as follows:http://www.sahc.org.au/
SAA has also information on our website via the following link:
“SAA has been communicating with the travel industry and other partners to allow affected customers to make the necessary preparations. We are working with the SA High Commission to ensure people are fully aware of and prepared for the changes.” Tim concluded.
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